Enrique Leal
Achromatic Materialization

27.07.15 14.08.15

Enrique Leal is visual artist Professor in Print Media at the Art Department in University of California, Santa Cruz, USA. whose research focuses progresively on the inclusive and interdisciplinary practices of print media, enhancing the correspondence among the techniquel, material and metaphorical knowledge of visual production.


During my residency at Proyecto ´ace in Buenos Aires I am developing a series of prints with waterless thermal litho plates that investigate the immaterial quality of white objects and lucent phenomena. In this case, the printed image call for inverting conventional figure ground tonal values (dark ink on white surface) by printing negative photographic luminescent images that enhace the material formation of the images that emerge as inked embodiments from an abyssal somber space.

The pure depth of total darkness, one that cancels out any sense of foreground or background, provides the dimensionless space of illusion for beamed light to manifest.

As part of the graphic inquiry, I will also explore the possibilities of printing on distinct surfaces and materials to augment the conceptual significance of the reproduced images. The results of the series of photopolymer gravures will allow for the design and production of an Artist Book with accompanying texts concerning the themes represented.

Enrique Leal
1957 | Born in Recife, Brazil. Spanish citizen.
Lives and works in Santa Cruz, California, USA.

2003 | PHD, Process and Replica in Jasper Johns, Art Department, Universidad de la Castilla La Mancha, spain.
1999 | MFA, Art Department, College of Fine Arts in Cuenca, Universidad de Castilla La Mancha, Spain.
1997 | BFA, College of Fine Arts San Carlos, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain.

His work has been shown and is part of public collections in USA, Spain, Brazil and France.

He has received scholarships from Instituto de Cultura Iberoamericana, and the Academia Española in Rome, Italy.
He has been a resident artist in the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper in Rutgers University, USA.

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Achromatic Materialization is the exhibition title of Enrique Leal’s photo-based lithographs and silkscreens print series inaugurated in conjunction with the ‘aceNITE event at Fundación ‘ace on August 12th which was exhibited until September 4th, 2015. The title refers to the unique perceptual qualities associated with white phenomena and objects that Leal had chosen to work with, ranging from sensed textured materiality of a starfish to the fugitive ephemerality of cumulus clouds.

Through technical experimentation such as rasterization of image; inverting values of image on a matrix, ink and paper and printing on treated surfaces, Leal has sought the possibilities of immersive contemplation. Cloud images resulted as an ideal conceptual vehicle. The cloud is nothing more than something in constant motion and formation, a whole constituted by infinite particles in transient states.

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